Only 9 Babies in 2020 England and Wales

  1. Antigone
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "worthy of one's parents, in place of one's parents"
    • Description:

      In Greek mytholgy, Antigone was the noble and courageous daughter of Oedipus, who acts as his guide after he blinds himself. Antigone is also the eponymous heroine of a play by Jean Anouilh.
  2. Amara-Rose
    • Aurora-Rae
      • Brenda
        • Origin:

          Scottish
        • Meaning:

          "blade of a sword"
        • Description:

          First the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's 1822 novel The Pirate, then a glamorous 1940s debutante, then the troubled twin on Beverly Hills 90210, and now fading in favor of more modern Brenna, Briana, and Bryn. Much more likely to be worn by a mother or grandmother these days. The song "Brenda's Got a Baby" was late rap megastar Tupac's debut single.
      • Billie-Jo
        • Celyn
          • Origin:

            Welsh
          • Meaning:

            "holly"
          • Description:

            Traditionally a masculine name in Wales, Celyn (pronounced with a hard K) is now used for both boys and girls.
        • Christiana
          • Origin:

            Feminine variation of Christian
          • Meaning:

            "follower of Christ"
          • Description:

            Not cutting edge, but still graceful and feminine.
        • Clare
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "bright, clear"
          • Description:

            This is the original, more prosaic spelling, but the airier Claire now dominates.
        • Connie-Mae
          • Doris
            • Origin:

              Greek
            • Meaning:

              "gift of the ocean"
            • Description:

              Doris had long been on our so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out-for-babies list, and seemed to be written there in indelible ink. But there are signs of a sea change, that Doris could profit from the revivals of Dorothy and Dorothea.
          • Delilah-Mae
            • Electra
              • Origin:

                Greek
              • Meaning:

                "shining, bright"
              • Description:

                Though the tragedies of the Greeks and Eugene O'Neill that used this name are filled with incest and murder, Electra is still a brilliant choice. Isabella Rossellini chose the gentler Italian verson, Elettra, for her now grown daughter.
            • Elizabeth-Rose
              • Emily-Mae
                • Emmie-Rose
                  • Eva-Mae
                    • Glory
                      • Origin:

                        Word name
                      • Description:

                        Glory sounds fresh and uplifting and a lot more modern than Gloria (which is definitely feeling the stirrings of a revival, though some might still view it as a terminal Old Lady name). Glory, as in "Glory Be" and "Old Glory," has both a religious and a patriotic flavor.
                    • Gracey
                      • Guinevere
                        • Origin:

                          Welsh
                        • Meaning:

                          "white shadow, white wave"
                        • Description:

                          Guinevere was the name of the beautiful but ill-fated queen of Camelot, for so many years eclipsed by its modern Cornish form Jennifer. Today, Guinevere could be a cool possibility for adventurous parents intrigued by this richly evocative and romantic choice.
                      • Heavenly
                        • Origin:

                          Word name
                        • Description:

                          Heavenly, the word that's become a name, has been flirting with the bottom of the Top 1000 for a handful of years now. Heaven and cousins like Nevaeh have been well-used so adding the popular -ly suffix, ala Everly, seems like a natural progression.